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Membership Moments has transformed into Discover newsletter and will help you stay up-to-date and connected with the global contemplative community of SDI.

You have wisdom to share with the whole world about the value of spiritual direction. Throughout this anniversary year, we encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question. We are listening. Before 28 February, we want to know:

How have your prayer life and spiritual practice changed over time? Share a brief story now.

Presence journal

Did you have a new insight from an article or a poem in Presence? Write a letter to the editor, and share your new knowledge with the rest of the community. Send your thoughts to





Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, we feature a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for others. We will help you identify who might benefit from each enlightening and meaningful tool.

  1. Listen and learn as Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, and Christianne Squires talk about contemporary culture, imperfection, and how failure teaches us.
    1. Do you meet with seekers or spiritual directees who want to explore how they can learn from failure and imperfections?
    2. How do you embrace the contemplative practice of humility?
    3. Are you intrigued by the concept that “falling is good?”

  1. On 31 January, we celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth. To honor his legacy and wisdom, Betsey Beckman is featured in an SDI video that included contemplative, embodied expression of a classic Merton prayer. Please enjoy this gift and share it widely. We look forward to continuing the celebration in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 14–17 April during the Emerging Wisdom educational events.


  2. Cynthia Bailey Mann answers the question: Why am I passionate about spiritual direction? It’s the first in a twenty-fifth anniversary series of short, seeker-friendly videos to share with everyone new to spiritual direction. As a way to celebrate our anniversary, SDI will post a new video resource on the twenty-fifth day of each month.

  3. Liz Dossa tells the story in ¡Viva! Mercy of spiritual direction in the Sisters of Mercy community, including reflections by Sister Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, chair of the SDI coordinating council. You will find the article in the SDI in the press section of the website.

    The SDI in the press webpage is regularly updated with articles that feature SDI, spiritual direction, and SDI members. As you create ways to teach your community about spiritual direction, consider these articles as resources, and please send articles you notice highlight spiritual direction.

Four Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in different formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

Time is running out to register for the Emerging Wisdom educational events! In February, all registered participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with their workshop selections. If you haven’t selected your workshops yet, please do so by 12 February or workshops will be selected for you. If you haven’t registered—hurry! Space is filling quickly.



Do you wonder how to bring sacred humor into your spiritual life? Are you searching for a deeper understanding of yourself and the issues at the heart of your spiritual quest? Join Jamal Rahman for the SDI Webinar: Sacred Laughter of the Sufis.


As a spiritual director, is it challenging for you to describe spiritual direction to potential spiritual seekers? Are you looking for a way to express your unique voice in the ever changing landscaping of spiritual companionship? What marketing best practices would help your outreach efforts? Join Rita Perea, MA, EdS, for the SDI Webinar Making Connections: Outreach Strategies for Spiritual Director.


As a seeker, are you curious about spiritual direction? Would you like to find a spiritual companion to help you listen for the ways God is inviting you to become more fully alive?  Are you wondering how to take the first step? Join Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, and spiritual seekers around the world for a free teleconference on 17 February. RSVP today!



Opportunity to Serve

Would you like to help connect seekers to free resources about spiritual direction?

SDI has over 100 educational videos available on our website and YouTube channel. We want to make those videos even more valuable by organizing them in a meaningful and clear way. We are looking for volunteers to help us by watching these five-to-ten minute videos and describing them in a few sentences. Are you interested in learning more and helping from the comfort of your own home or office? E-mail

SDI Trivia Question

This month's contest is now over. Congratulations to our winner, Cheryl Notari! Make sure to check back in March for the next trivia contest.

What is the newly revised SDI vision statement?
SDI believes spiritual companionship and deepening into the sacred transform individuals, society, and all creation.

Our January winner was Bonnie Nalley who received the SDI imprint book Out of Darkness, Into Light by Jamal Rahman, Kathleen Schmitt Elias, and Ann Holmes Redding

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

Classified Announcements

Dr. James Finley, PhD, International Spiritual Teacher, Writer, Psychologist Speaks in Kelowna, British Columbia
Two Outstanding Workshops: Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate (April 30-May 1, 2015) and Transforming Trauma (May 1-3, 2015)
Spiritual Directors will study the writings and practices of the mystics for deepening in divine union and will learn about the paradigms and spiritual practices for healing.
For more information, go online to: or telephone 250-212-6775.

Call for Participants: Resistance to Spiritual Emergence
PhD Psychology student at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California conducting dissertation research interviews. Must be over 18, in good physical/ psychological health, and conversant in English. For more information, please send a brief description of your spiritual experience/emergence process along with an explanation of what you identify as your resistance to it to

Spiritual Direction as Religious Experience: A Retreat for Spiritual Directors
Presenter: Don Bisson, FMS; May 12 – 14, Stella Maris Retreat Center, Long Branch, NJ; $250
Spiritual directors understand the enormous graces in listening to women and men and their religious experience. These days will provide opportunity for reflective presentations, sharing, quiet time, on how doing spiritual direction can itself be religious experience. Click here for details.

The Shalem Institute
The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation seeks a deeply contemplative leader to serve as their next Executive Director. Ideal candidates will view their application as a response to discerning a call to this ministry. Shalem offers a desirable and unique working environment. See more at Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: Contact David Erickson-Pearson ( for more information.


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